Depression in patients with cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy

Beyer, Kathryn (2009) Depression in patients with cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This simple quantitative research investigated whether patients with cancer developed depression whilst receiving adjuvant chemotherapy, and whether there was a particular time in the treatment cycle that it was likely to develop. A longitudinal survey method was chosen and the instrument of use was the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II). The content of this survey include factors that reflect negative attitudes towards self, performance impairment and somatic disturbances as well as general factors of depression.

Twenty-six participants were given the BDI-II, and asked to report on side effects that they had experienced every two weeks whilst they were receiving chemotherapy. The study took place in two regional oncology clinics.

This report demonstrates that, patients can develop depression whilst receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. The study revealed that the 5th fortnight into a patient’s chemotherapy treatment was a more vulnerable point in their treatment to develop depression.

Descriptive analysis illustrated that more females than males suffered depression and that those receiving treatment for breast cancer were more likely to develop depression.

Correlation statistics demonstrated a relationship between fatigue and depressive symptoms. There was no statistically significant correlation between the number of side effects experienced by participants and depression.

In summary, the findings suggest that patients were more vulnerable to developing depression around the 5th fortnight of their chemotherapy cycle. This research has demonstrated throughout that depression does occur in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy and that female patients are more likely to develop depression than males.

Due to the small sample size though, the results were not statistically significant. The findings from this research could provide direction for more thorough studies in the future.

The style of reporting used throughout this thesis has been the Harvard referencing style to ensure compliance with the university requirements and to maintain consistency.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Health Science
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Gorman, Don
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2009 05:55
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 03:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression; cancer; chemotherapy
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified

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